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White House admits attempt to classify Zelensky-Trump conversation

Officials under the leadership of NSC lawyers directed the transcript of the dialogue in a highly-secured system
23:55, 27 September 2019

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The White House administration officials admitted the attempt to classify the transcript of Zelensky-Trump conversation, as CNN informs.

According to a representative of the White House, the officials under the leadership of NSC lawyers directed the transcript of the dialogue in a highly-secured system.

"NSC lawyers directed that the classified document be handled appropriately," the senior White House official said.

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White House officials say the transcript was already classified so it did nothing wrong by moving it to another system.

But the statement did not explain whether anyone else in the White House was part of the decision to put the Ukraine transcript in the more restrictive system.
Nor did it delve into an accusation in the complaint that other phone call transcripts were handled in a similar fashion.
 
The transcript of the Ukraine phone call -- which the White House released publicly on Wednesday -- did not contain information like intelligence secrets or military plans that might ordinarily merit moving it to a highly classified system.
 
As we reported earlier, the transcript of the phone talk of Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky and U.S. President Donald Trump dated July 25 was published on September 25 by the White House
 
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